The Achaemenid influences on Egyptian art in the late 6th-5th Century B.C. are clearly visible in the above object. The open snarling mouth rather than the typically closed mouth of Egyptian lions, the short mane and the 'bags' under the eyes are all attributes of a Persian feline. For a similar snarling lion on wood chair leg cf. Christie's London, 3 July 1996, lot 245.